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2010 Dodge Challenger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Dodge Challenger was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

While reviewers like that the Challenger's retro theme continues on the inside, most concede its dark colors and plain design leaves them feeling bored. It does, however, feature comfortable seats and loads of cargo room.

  • "On the inside, the Challenger continues its retro-themed looks with its gauge cluster, black headliner and a slanted shifter console." -- Cars.com
  • "Climbing behind the wheel is a step back in time. The retro theme starts with the deep inset gauges and continues to the long dash and broad-shouldered hood. There's a bare-bones muscle-car aesthetic at work here, but it doesn't look terribly lively." -- Road and Track
  • "Challenger's cabin houses plenty of plastic, but everything is nicely assembled. R/T and SRT8 are available with chrome, faux carbon fiber, and other accents that help dress up the interior a bit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The monotonous black dashboard and trim are a disappointment, not nearly as interesting as the exterior." -- Arizona Republic

Seating

Critics find that the Challenger's cabin is roomy with moderately comfortable seats, though its long doors and seat design hamper easy entry/exit. Altogether, it's designed to accommodate five passengers. In terms of comfort, the Challenger, like its sibling the Charger, is renowned for offering the most passenger room in its class.

  • "The Challenger's cabin feels large because it is. It feels like a sedan when you're seated behind the wheel." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The standard cloth bucket seats were amazingly comfortable and supportive, and we arrived refreshed and relaxed, even after fighting the weather for five hours." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Ample space for even larger and taller drivers. The aggressively bolstered seats provide long-trip comfort. The large doors are a pain in close parking situations, but offer easy entry and exit.  ... Challenger's rear-seat accommodations are quite good for a sporty car. Smaller adults may tolerate short trips, while kids will fit fine. Entry and exit are expectedly awkward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's physically a bigger car than the Mustang and it shows, with enough rear leg room for my 6-ft., 190-lb. frame; just don't ask me to sit there for long. On a side note, don't try getting into the rear from the driver's side, as that seat doesn't aid rear access like the passenger side does." -- Road and Track

Interior Features

While auto writers appreciate the Challenger's easy-to-use navigation system, which runs through Dodge's uConnect multi-media interface, they have little to say about its other convenience features.

  • "Its interior design lacks the competition's styling panache, but you can get plenty of modern conveniences, including Bluetooth, navigation and iPod connectivity." -- Edmunds
  • "The navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but mostly with good results." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The instrument cluster looks similar to that of the Chrysler 300. The optional navigation unit has a large LCD display that is easy to read and use." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The internal sound system is upgraded for 2009, now bundling true iPod integration and a 30-gig hard drive with the optional navigation system." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The Challenger features 16.2 cubic-feet of trunk space -- which, now that the Pontiac G8 has been cancelled, is tied with the Dodge Charger for offering the largest amount of cargo room in the muscle car class.

  • "For a sporty car, Challenger has impressive trunk space. Compromised by high liftover, the usefully deep trunk offers more room than many midsize sedans. The rear seatbacks fold, but the release levels are awkward to reach, and the only way they lay close to flat is if the front seat ahead of it in a well-forward position. Interior storage is decent, with a good-size glovebox and console bin, two small console trays, and small door map pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk boasts impressive cargo capacity for this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is the largest in its small class of competitors, according to Dodge, and the rear seat is a 60/40 fold-down that adds huge storage potential if and when you need it." -- Popular Mechanics

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